New Zealand Sea Lions at Cannibal Bay

Cannibal Bay

In which Miles meets a small pod of New Zealand sea lions at Cannibal Bay.

You can view the full gallery of 15 pictures below.  To view on imgur, click here.

In our previous episode I took you with me to Nugget Point and its lighthouse, on The Catlins Coast, then drove along the Southern Scenic Route on the way to Cannibal Bay.

I had the beach to myself for most of my visit.

Coast at Cannibal Bay
Coast at Cannibal Bay

I was initially drawn to the impressive rock formations at the east end of the beach.

Coast at Cannibal Bay
Coast at Cannibal Bay
Coast at Cannibal Bay
Coast at Cannibal Bay
Coast at Cannibal Bay
Coast at Cannibal Bay

But I was there for the sea lions.  At first I didn’t see any, but as I walked along the beach I saw one lying alone.  It was some time before I saw him move.  Apparently sea lions like their naps as much as seals.  When I walked back, at least an hour later, he was still sound asleep.

New Zealand Sea Lion at Cannibal Bay
New Zealand Sea Lion at Cannibal Bay

This big guy looks a bit battle-scarred.

New Zealand Sea Lion at Cannibal Bay
New Zealand Sea Lion at Cannibal Bay

An information board at Cannibal Beach warns that sea lions can be aggressive.  When I saw a group of five napping I approached cautiously.  They slowly began to wake up and spar with each other playfully while I watched for at least an hour, from about 10 meters away.

New Zealand Sea Lions at Cannibal Bay
New Zealand Sea Lions at Cannibal Bay

This pair were the first to wake up, and the most active.  This male was quite aggressive toward the larger male shown in the pictures below.

New Zealand Sea Lions at Cannibal Bay
New Zealand Sea Lions at Cannibal Bay

He doesn’t look especially large in these pictures, but he easily outweighed me.

New Zealand Sea Lions at Cannibal Bay
New Zealand Sea Lions at Cannibal Bay

These five ignored me, but whenever one made any move in my direction I was quick to move away.

New Zealand Sea Lions at Cannibal Bay
New Zealand Sea Lions at Cannibal Bay

Enjoy the video below of these sea lions doing their thing.  WordPress won’t embed the video at the moment, so you’ll have to click the link below.

https://youtu.be/7uh3muZEas4

After watching this friendly bunch for some time, I noticed another sea lion just coming in from the ocean.

From the moment I saw him, he headed straight for me!

What’s this – MileSteppin’s first cliff-hanger?!  That’s right folks!

Does the big sea lion eat him?  Does he have something else in mind for Miles?  Will our milesteppin’ hero survive?

Tune in in a couple of days to find out!

You can view the full gallery of 15 pictures below.  To view on imgur, click here.

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